BC Farm Industry Review Board
The B.C. Farm Industry Review Board (BCFIRB) is an independent administrative tribunal.
Governance is about the structures and processes an organization uses to provide direction, control, and accountability in their day-to-day operations. Good governance helps organizations to effectively meet their mandate, goals, and objectives.
BCFIRB has its own governance structures and processes.
- Learn more about BCFIRB’s governance approach
In 2018, BCFIRB is undertaking a Public Accountability and Reporting Project.
- Learn more about the Public Accountability and Reporting Project
If you have a concern about BCFIRB's practices and/or services, you can file a complaint with the B.C. Ombudsperson. Concerns can include things like lengthy delays, rudeness, negligence, arbitrariness, oppressive behaviour or unlawfulness.
The B.C. Ombudsperson is an independent Officer of the Legislature who upholds the principles of openness, transparency, and accountability. The role of the Ombudsperson is to ensure that every person in B.C. is treated fairly by government bodies.
After investigating a complaint, the Ombudsperson can, when appropriate, recommend changes for resolving an unfair situation. However, the Ombudsperson does not have the authority to order changes to BCFIRB processes, policies or decisions.
- Learn more about the B.C. Office of the Ombudsperson.
As a tribunal, the B.C. Farm Industry Review Board (BCFIRB) adheres to natural justice and administrative law.
- Natural justice requires procedural fairness for all participants, and fair decision-making by an objective decision maker.
- Administrative law governs public officials and tribunals who make decisions that affect peoples’ interests.
Where it is suitable, BCFIRB promotes early dispute resolution through mediation, facilitation or other processes.
BCFIRB decisions are final and conclusive but may be judicially reviewed by, or appealed to, the Supreme Court of British Columbia. BCFIRB processes and procedures can be reviewed by B.C.'s Office of the Ombudsperson, providing an additional layer of accountability.
- General supervision of agricultural commodity boards
- Being a signatory to formal federal-provincial cooperation agreements in regulated marketing
- Hearing appeals of agricultural commodity board decisions
- Hearing appeals related to certain BCSPCA animal custody decisions
- Hearing farm practices complaints from persons disturbed by odour, noise, dust or other disturbances arising from agriculture or certain aquaculture operations
- Conducting farm practices studies
- Hearing appeals of Minister of Agriculture decisions to refuse, suspend, revoke or not renew agricultural produce grading licenses
BCFIRB has four mandates that are set out in four statutes.
1. Regulated Marketing
Under the Natural Products Marketing (BC) Act (NPMA), BCFIRB is responsible for
- The general supervision of regulated agricultural commodity boards created under that Act;
- Hearing appeals filed by any person who is aggrieved by or dissatisfied with orders, decisions or determinations of the commodity boards; and
- Acting as a signatory to federal-provincial agreements for supply-managed commodities.
Read more about BCFIRB's roles in relation to regulated marketing.
2. BCSPCA Animal Custody Decisions
Under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (PCAA), BCFIRB is responsible for hearing appeals from persons specified in the Act who are dissatisfied with
- Certain decisions to take custody of an animal;
- Decisions to affirm notice that animals will be destroyed, sold or otherwise disposed of;
- The costs for which an owner is liable; and/or
- The costs that an owner must pay before animals are returned.
Read more about BCFIRB's role in relation to animal custody.
3. Farm Practices
Under the Farm Practices Protection (Right to Farm) Act (FPPA), BCFIRB
- Is responsible for hearing complaints from persons aggrieved by odour, noise, dust or other disturbances arising from agriculture or certain aquaculture operations; and
- May also study and report generally on farm practices.
Read more about BCFIRB's roles in relation to farm practices.
B.C.’s regulated marketing system is a government-legislated system that provides for the orderly production and marketing of certain agricultural commodities.
- Read more about BCFIRB's roles in relation to regulated marketing
- Read more about how to file an appeal
BCSPCA Animal Custody Decisions
BCFIRB hears appeals about certain animal custody and related cost decisions of the BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BCSPCA) under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (PCAA).
BCFIRB, as an administrative tribunal, is responsible for hearing complaints from persons aggrieved by odour, noise, dust or other disturbances arising from agriculture and certain aquaculture operations.
- Read more about BCFIRB's roles in relation to farm practices
- Read more about the “Agri-tourism” and complaints under the Farm Practices Protection (Right to Farm) Act (FPPA) (PDF) - November 1, 2016
- Read more about how to file a complaint
- Read more about Aquaculture and the Farm Practices Protection (Right to Farm) Act (PDF) March 1, 2017